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Active Minds, in collaboration with the College Behavioral and Emotional Health Institute, University Student Counseling, the Wellness Center and several VCU student organizations, will host the Mental Health Wellness Fair on the University Student Commons Plaza. VCU community members are invited to learn more about self-care, ways to stress less, suicide awareness, PTSD and more. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in activities and grab giveaways. For more information, contact Jacqueline Dybuvarang at For more information, contact Jacqueline Dybuvarang at

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, African Student Union, Black Student Union and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People celebrate Kwanzaa in the University Student Commons, Richmond Salons. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture and is traditionally observed from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. This event will be catered by Mama J's Kitchen. For more information, contact Pascaline Ezouah at .

This week

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People at VCU, the Wellness Resource Center, Fan Free Clinic, Nia Inc., African and African American Student Empowerment Project, Black Art Student Empowerment, Delta Epsilon Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma, Inc., and Raise 5 Project offer free oral HIV testing at the Wellness Resource Center, 815 S. Cathedral Place. For more information, contact Pascaline Ezouah at

The College Behavioral and Emotional Health Institute hosts its monthly brown bag lunch in Room 106 of the Hunton House. The COBE brown bag lunch series highlights research and programming related to behavioral and emotional health in college communities. This month, Dr. Christopher Reina will present "Incorporating Mindfulness into Learning and the Workplace." Free lunch will be provided while supplies last. For more information, contact Tom Bannard at or visit For more information, contact Tom Bannard at or visit

The School of World Studies presents "Rising from the Ashes: Human Trafficking in South Asia" in the University Student Commons, Forum Room. According to the Polaris Project, three out of every 1,000 people are currently suffering from human trafficking. Guest speakers will be James Deloatch, III, special agent, FBI, and Cassy Mckenzie, Richmond Justice Initiative. Attendees are encouraged to bring lunch. For more information, contact Kirsten Nash at

The Division for Inclusive Excellence invites the campus community to the third in its three-part film series and discussion on the construction of race. Part Three: "The Story We Tell" will be screened in the University Student Commons, Forum Room. The film series is an eye-opening tale of how what we assume to be normal, commonsense and even scientific, is shaped by our history, social institutions and cultural beliefs. Everyone can tell a Norwegian from a Nubian, so why doesn’t it make sense to sort people into biological races? Participants will examine the contemporary science - including genetics - that challenges our assumptions about human groups. For more information, contact Idella Glenn at or (804) 828-8947 or visit

VCU Open Minds in collaboration with the Service-Learning Office and VCU ASPiRE will host author and journalist Patrice Gaines for a lecture. She will discuss her memoir, "Laughing in the Dark: From Colored Girl to Woman of Color-A Journey from Prison to Power." The event will be held at West Grace Street Student Housing - South room 1004a. For more information contact Erin Brown at For more information, contact Erin Brown at or (804) 827-3915 or visit

The Office of Environmental Health and Safety conducts dangerous goods training in the George Ben Johnston Auditorium. VCU or VCU Health employees who handle (receipt, pack, mark, label or prepare/sign shipping documents) dangerous goods should attend. Registration is not required. Handling dangerous goods when training has lapsed is illegal and may lead to fines for the handler and the university. For more information, contact Helga Mitchell at or (804) 727-2202 or visit

The Department of Biostatistics will host a research seminar in One Capitol Square, Room 305. Dr. Timothy York, associate professor in the Department of Human and Molecular Genetics at VCU, will be presenting a talk entitled, "Twin and family methods: Essential tools for genetic studies of complex traits." For more information, contact Kellie Archer at For more information, contact Kellie Archer at

Coming up

The Division of Community Engagement sponsors the Community Engagement Cafe, a discussion group that brings together faculty, staff and students to explore topics related to community-engaged teaching, learning, outreach and research, in West Grace Street Student Housing-South, Room 1004H. Participants can drop in for any of the sessions to discuss the highlighted article or video for the month. Registration is not required. For more information, contact Audrey Trussell at or visit

VCU Alumni is seeking nominations of outstanding Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD). The 10 Under 10 awards program honors alumni who earned their first VCU degree (undergraduate, graduate or professional) within the past 10 years and who have: Enjoyed remarkable professional success; made important contributions to their community; and loyally supported the university. For more information, contact Amy Gray at or (804) 586-5202. For more information, contact Amy Gray at or (804) 586-5202 or visit

The Office of Continuing and Professional Education is partnering with Lovegevity's Wedding Planning Institute (LWPI) to offer a 40-hour Certificate in Wedding and Event Planning. Classes will be held on Tuesdays from Jan. 19 through March 29, from 6-9:30 p.m. Register by visiting the website below. For more information, contact Christina S. Draper at or (804) 828-8831 or visit

The VCU community is invited to hear VCU Common Book Author-in-Residence Jill Lepore, Ph.D., who will speak on "The Secret History of Wonder Woman” at the New Cabell Library Auditorium. Lepore will be signing books after the talk. For more information, contact Shelli Fowler at For more information, contact Shelli Fowler at


Faculty and Classified Staff: Make Sure Your Health Plan Address Is Up to Date

In January 2016, the state employee health plan will issue IRS form 1095-C to participants as proof of coverage in 2015. This form is filed with your 2015 tax return. To make sure the state plan mails your form to the correct address, verify your address in the "Health Benefits Enrollment and Information" module of the state's Employee Direct System. See instructions at For more information, contact VCU Benefits at or visit

April Alumni Month

Description: VCU Alumni sponsors Alumni Month each April and is seeking information about upcoming events. Programs will be listed in the Alumni Month calendar of events and promoted through social media, Enews, emails to alumni and through publications. If you have an event, concert, lecture or program that will take place during the month of April 2016 that is open to all VCU alumni, please send information to Diane Stout-Brown at (804) 828-7020 or For more information, contact Diane Stout-Brown at or (804) 828-7020.

Retirement Savings Limits Unchanged for 2016

2016 retirement savings limits for the VCU 403(b) Tax Deferred Annuity and the Commonwealth of Virginia 457 Deferred Compensation Plan will be the same as in 2015. The annual elective deferral limit will continue to be $18,000 and the age 50 catch-up will continue to be $6,000. No action is required to continue contributions at current levels for 2016. Participants may request voluntary changes at any time. For more information, contact VCU Benefits at or visit

Compliance and Ethics Week Video: How VCU Makes Compliance and Ethics Real

The Integrity and Compliance Office thanks faculty and staff for participating in this year's Compliance and Ethics Week activities. To view a short video highlighting some responses and to learn how colleagues make compliance and ethics real at VCU, visit For more information, contact Integrity and Compliance Office at or visit

Cabell Library's Innovative Media closed Nov. 30

Innovative Media on the third floor of Cabell Library will close at 1 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30 and is scheduled to reopen in new space on the lower level at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1. For more information, contact Sue Robinson at For more information, contact Sue Robinson at or visit

Free Mindfulness Meditation Training + Compensation Available: Participants Needed

The VCU Stress Reduction and Well-Being Study is seeking individuals: -Between 18 and 60 years of age -In a committed romantic relationship (minimum 12 months) and residing together* -With smartphones -Interested in learning mindfulness meditation (4 brief weekday sessions from 5:30-6PM) -Not meditated previously (yoga is ok) *Only one person per relationship couple can participate in the training. Compensation available. Recruitment on a rolling basis. CONTACT: For more information, contact Jordan Quaglia at

Do you smoke cigarettes? Are you interested in reducing?

You may be eligible to participate in a research study if you are: - A current cigarette smoker interested in reducing - Age 21-65 years Volunteers should be: - Willing to attend multiple study visits for 9 months in Richmond, VA - Willing to use a new product during the study Compensation is provided. For more information go to: or call (804) 628-7550 Principal Investigator: Thomas Eissenberg, Ph.D., Department of Psychology   For more information, contact Parker Webster at or (804) 628-7550 or visit

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